Kowei- Grant Reviewer Application

1.) Preferred Display Name and Age (If you do not want to enter your age, enter that you are above 21 years of age, which is the minimum)

Name: Kowei

Age: 27

Social Media Handles

Twitter: @kowei1995 - https://twitter.com/kowei1995

Discourse: kowei - https://govern.iota.org/u/kowei

Linkedin: Ko-Wei Tseng -https://www.linkedin.com/in/kowei-tseng/

Discord: kowei1995#2045

Telegram: @kowei2045

2.) What motivates you to apply for this position?

Trained as a physicists, I really believe IOTA/Shimmer is the best L1 DLT protocol from first principle design and do the thing right, plus thet IOTA/Shimmer community is indeed amazing. So I want to help IOTA/Shimmer to build up its application layer (like DeFi and Privacy Dapp) and gain awareness (like NFT Campaign and Exchange integration) with my experience and expertise in the crypto space with the Shimmer community treasury.

3.) What is your educational and professional background?

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Physics, minor in Economics, National Taiwan University, 2013-2017
  • PhD in Quantum Physics, National University of Singapore, 2018-2023

Web3/Crypto Background

  • IOTA Evangelist since 2017
    Stare to explore the crypto space back in 2017/2018, I immediate fall in love with IOTA since then (buy IOTA every month is part of my life). Then I become the cofounder of IOTA Taiwan Community in early 2018 and become the main person running the community for more than four years. (Facebook mandarin community with close to 7k people and Telegram mandarin community with more than 1.5k people)

  • DeFi power user since 2019
    I dive into DeFi before Ethereum DeFi summer 2020. After creating a Vault on Maker and swapping token on Uniswap in 2019, I really get hooked up by the potential of DeFi. In 2020, I cofound the Superfluid Virtual Currency Community, one of the largest DeFi community in Taiwan, currently with more than 4k people. I go through all the major DeFi milestones, like Comp farming, Crv airdrop, mine Sushi and so on. Test new protocols, reading their product documentation, and understand the token economics are like my second nature ever since.

  • Solana Taiwan Community since 2021
    After experiencing the high fees of ETH at the late 2020, I start to explore different L1, including Cosmos, Matic, BSC and Algo. At the end, I cofound and establish the Solana Taiwan community and witness the Solana Summer 2021. We host AMA, do Podcast and translate articles across Solana Ecosystem. For now it’s the official Solana mandarin community.

Professional Background

  • CeFi, Crytocom Community Ambassador, 2020
  • CeFi, Matrixport Community Ambassador, 2021
  • Ethereum DeFi, Furucombo Community Ambassador, 2021
  • Solana DeFi, Bonfida Community Ambassador, 2021
  • Solana DeFi, Mango Markets mandarin community cofounder, 2022
  • Solana DeFi, Orca consultant, 2022
  • IOTA researcher, share about consensus and data structure at COSCUP, 2022

4.) What experience do you have relevant to this position (grant reviewer, Project manager, etc.)? Please describe

As mentioned above, I have the physics PhD with academic background. So I prefer to analyse problems and go through the details from first principle rather than analogy. And since I am a DeFi native user who have dived into different L1 and DeFi ecosystem, I have the experience about how to review application projects and how this projects could benefits the underneath Shimmer network. For the DAO governance, I already have experience in Governance with two Solana projects: Orca and Mango Markets.

5.) Are you a software developer? If yes, please provide info on your skills and proof of the projects you already have built/worked on (Github, languages, certificates, etc.)

Not really. But I do have the skills to do data analysis, plotting figure and scientific research tasks with use python and matlab for my quantum computation experiments.

6.) Do you have affiliations that may cause a conflict of interest when reviewing applications? The community would like to know particularly if reviewers are involved with projects as a creator, on the board, or employed. Please list any projects or applications you have affiliations to.

*Note: This will in no way prevent you from being elected to the position. It is the opposite. We seek experienced reviewers that are specialists in different industries. The reviewers with affiliations will not be able to review grants within their category; however, they will be great resources and act as subject matter experts.

  • I will work for Orca on Solana as DAO Council Secretary next year
  • I will keep running Mango Markets mandarin community on Solana for next year.

7.) Are you willing to sign a legally binding service provider contract and reveal and verify your identity through a KYC process with the legal entity of the Treasury Committee?

Note: KYC is required for this position. If you are unwilling to KYC and sign a service provider contract, you will not be accepted to the Shimmer Community Treasury.

Yes - If yes, delete no and type statement: yes - I am willing to KYC and sign a service provider contract with the Shimmer Community Treasury.

8.) Can you commit 10 hours weekly on average to work as a grant reviewer for the Shimmer community over the next 12 months?

Yes - If yes, delete no and type statement: yes - I am willing and able to commit 10 hrs a week to the Shimmer Community Treasury.

9.) If you are voted in the top 2 reviewers, you may have the option to join the Growth Committee and work with the TEA representatives. In this case, you may be required to work hours over the required 10 hrs per week. Are you able to commit to this if required?

Yes - If yes, delete no and type statement: yes - I am willing and able to commit to the Growth Committee and the Shimmer Community Treasury if required.

10.) Are you willing to sign a service provider contract, including an NDA with the Tangle Ecosystem Association, and respect the Non-Disclosure Agreement if selected as a member of the Growth Committee? Breaking the Non-Disclosure Agreement may bring consequences financially and or legally.

Yes - If yes, delete no and type statement: yes - I am willing to sign a service provider contract and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). I absolutely will respect all binding effects within such agreement contracts.

11.) Provide any web links or supporting documentation you would like the community to see when assessing you for the Shimmer Community Treasury Grant Reviewer position.

I understand the powerful architectures and elegant design of IOTA/Shimmer
‘DLT and Physics’: consensus, time, and data structure

12.) What is your long-term vision of the Shimmer Community Treasury? How do you see the Community Treasury affecting the Shimmer & IOTA ecosystem, and what does the Shimmer & IOTA Ecosystem look to you in three years?

IOTA/Shimmer is the holy grail of DLT, our vision is not only the next big thing, but the LAST big things. IOTA/Shimmer do have the best tech in the space, then we need to have infrastructure(like naming system, NFT marketplace) and dev community to have products. With Shimmer Community Treasury, we could fund the projects to generous enough for them focus on building, but not too generous for people to be lack of motivation. The Shimmer Community Treasury will ignite the organic and exponential growth of the ecosystem.

In three years, I believe IOTA/Shimmer will be top tier L1 with dozens of chains built on top of the tangle. The potential of the best DLT techs will be released and people will start to treat the IOTA/Shimmer as the endgame for DLT.

Do you support my application as Grant Reviewer?
  • Yes

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I have one question:
To make it easier for the community to understand what potential conflicts of interest a reviewer may have, and as not everyone may be familiar with the platform you have stated here, could you shortly describe what Solana and Mango Markets is and in which sector it operates or plans to operate in the future?

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Hi @Phylo and IOTA/Shimmer community,
First, I want to make it clear about my affiliations and I receive token compensation on these roles. These two roles in Solana DeFi projects combined will take less than 5 hours per week.

There is no direct conflict for me to be a reviewer of Shimmer Community Treasury and be the DAO Council Secretary of Orca and running Mango Markets mandarin community. But it might make me more willing to on board dev/team from Solana ecosystem since I am more familiar with the ecosystem projects.